As public officials were debating important issues like parity for drug and alcohol treatment services and implementation of the Affordable Care Act, leaders of NCADD Affiliates from across the nation were walking the halls of the House and Senate providing important information to elected officials.

Barbara Thompson, Executive Director for NCADD Sacramento, briefed staff members of Congresswoman Doris Matsui, Congressman Ami Bera, and Senator Barbara Boxer.

“Without question, the Parity Law is historically one of the most important pieces of federal legislation ever signed into law and will help reduce the stigma and discrimination that has blocked access to life-saving treatment and recovery for millions of people with alcohol and drug dependence for far too long”, said Robert J. Lindsey, President/CEO of NCADD.

It is only because of the good work performed by NCADD, their region affiliates and friends of the recovery community who have weighed in with their elected officials that this law has become a reality.